Audubon Zoo and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas to Celebrate World Otter Day
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Audubon Zoo and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas will celebrate World Otter Day on Wednesday, May 25, by hosting feeds and chats offering visitors lessons on how they can help protect the playful aquatic mammals.
Audubon Nature Institute is home to three species of otter: Southern Sea Otters at the Aquarium, North American River Otters at the Audubon Zoo's Louisiana Swamp Exhibit and Asian Small-Clawed Otters in the Zoo's Asian Domain.
"World Otter Day is a day that celebrates all 13 species of otter, which is important because a lot of people don't realize that there are that many species. Unfortunately, for each of these species, populations in the wild are declining with most of them being near threatened or endangered. The exception is the North American River Otter, whose population is stable."
To learn more about conservation, protection and care of otters and the ways that their natural habitat is being threatened by human activity, visit otter.org.